The search has begun to find which websites from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight stand head and shoulders above the crowd as the 7th Hantsweb Awards are officially launched.
New this year, a Business Innovation category has been added to recognise the effective ways companies have used the web to drive business during the recession. Categories of ‘Life Changing’ and ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ also appear for the first time, encouraging entries that promote wellbeing in Hampshire.
Running since 2002, the Hantsweb awards in association with ntl: Telewest Business will again recognise and reward the best websites from local organisations. Anyone can nominate a website in one of 12 categories from businesses and schools to special interest and voluntary groups. The awards celebrate good practice, accessibility, ease of use, and of course, great design.
The 7th Hantsweb Awards aims to further raise the standard of quality shown in previous years. In launching the bid to reach new heights of web excellence, Marwell Wildlife near Winchester provided the venue to kick off Hampshire’s search for the best websites across the 12 categories.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, said: “The Internet plays a larger role in our lives than ever before and the new Life Changing category will recognise those websites that have gone the extra mile to make a positive difference in the community.
Good quality design is vital to ensuring websites remain easily accessible and simple to navigate for everyone. The Hantsweb Awards are a great way of encouraging best practise examples and celebrating those websites that are leading the way in their field and delivering the goods.”